Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Dam Toys 1/6th scale ”The Green Berets” U.S. Army Special Forces In Afghanistan 12" figure

The United States Army Special Forces, colloquially known as the Green Berets due to their distinctive service headgear, are a special operations force tasked with five primary missions: unconventional warfare (the original and most important mission of Special Forces), foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter-terrorism. The first two emphasize language, cultural, and training skills in working with foreign troops. Other duties include combat search and rescue (CSAR), counter-narcotics, counter-proliferation, hostage rescue, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian demining, information operations, peacekeeping, psychological operations, security assistance, and manhunts; other components of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) or other U.S. government activities may also specialize in these secondary areas.

This appears to be a remake of the classic Hot Toys 1/6th scale NSW DEVGRU (Naval Special Warfare Development Group) operator, released in 2003 - check out my post from 2012 "October 7 – The Day the War in Afghanistan Began with U.S. Special Forces leading the way" (link HERE). I think Dam Toys should have gone with seamless arms. Although in Hot Toys case, the rubber arms did crack over time - see my toy blog post "What to do about Cracking Rubber and Disintegrating Suits" posted HERE.

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DamToys 78057 1/6th scale ”The Green Berets” U.S. Army Special Forces In Afghanistan 12-inch figure Parts list: Head sculpt, Action Body, Nomex Gloves, Hands For Gloves, Sunglasses, T-Shirt, Desert Camo BDU Pants, Uniform Belt, Baseball Cap, Arab Shemagh Scarf, SPEAR BAS SF Model Body Armor, Ballistic Plate X2, SPEAR ELCS H Harness Assembly, SPEAR ELCS Pouch: M-4 Ammo (3 Mag) W/Frag & Multi-Purpose Grenade (Right), M-4 Ammo (3 Mag) W/Frag & Multi-Purpose Grenade (Left), M4 Ammo Pouch X3, SPEAR ELCS Pistol Mag Pouch, SPEAR ELCS 1 Quart Canteen Cover, SPEAR ELCS 2 Quart Canteen Cover, SPEAR ELCS GP Pouch, Molle II Medical Pouch, SPEAR ELCS 40Mm HE Round Pouch(Single) X5, Drop Leg Platform, USGI Knee Pads, Davies Headset, U94 PTT, AN/PRC-148 MBITR Radio, MBITR Radio Pouch, SOG Bowie Knife With Sheath, Light Stick X5, G-shock Watch, M67 Frag Grenade X2, M18 Smoke Grenade X2, 1 Quart Canteen, 2 Quart Canteen, Drop leg Holster, M1911 Tactical Pistol, Pistol Light, Pistol Mag X3, SOPMOD M4A1 Rifle, Colt Stock, M203 Grenade Launcher, Backup Sight, ACOG TA01 Scope, AN/PEG-2 Laser, M961 Flash Light,Rifle Sling, M4 Mag X6, M433 HEDP 40Mm Grenade X6, M72 Law (Light Anti Armor Weapon)

The head sculpt does resemble Chris Hemsworth who portrayed Captain Mitch Nelson in the 2018 American war drama film "12 Strong", also known as "12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers".

I read somewhere that Green Berets are not allowed tattoos like the ones shown on this figure. The standard right now is no more than 25% total of any limb and no single tattoo larger than the total area of your flat hand. No neck, scalp or facial tattoos and no tattoos below the wrist. If you have full sleeve(s) tattoos, that would ruin your chance of ever becoming a Green Beret.


Kaltier said...

Yes it does look like an updated hot toys version of green beret. Body aside that fig still looks awesome today. Wished they gave a heavily bearded headsculpt for this. Very informative article alex! Thk you n keep up the good work.

Alex Teo said...

Thanks :) I was intrigued by the Tattoo story. Tattoos are so happening these days. Can't get a confirmation though.